What is vertigo? It is the feeling that things around a person or the person themselves are spinning. It is different than disequilibrium, a loss of balance that usually happens to older ones. It is also not a fear of heights, as many may believe. Why does this spinning sensation happen?
We first need to understand fully how the balance system of the body works. People naturally have a sense of balance that keeps them from falling repeatedly. When this natural system is disrupted, a person becomes easily disoriented. Often, this is due to a problem with the inner ear.
How the Ear Works
The external, middle, and inner ear are the three main components of the ear. The outer ear that can visibly be seen is called the pinna. Sounds waves travel through the pinna to the ear canal. The eardrum is next in line. As the sound waves hit the eardrum (the tympanic membrane) and the surrounding bones, they cause vibrations. The inner ear that contains the cochlea receive these vibrations and relay them by way of nerve impulses to the brain. Above the cochlea, there are semi-circular, fluid-filled canals. These are connected to the cochlea and the nerves of the ear. These canals are what send information to the brain about a person’s balance. If they become damaged, the perception of the person’s surroundings also becomes damaged. How does this occur?
The Upper Cervical Neck and Vertigo Relief
A tiny misalignment, of only ¼ of a millimeter, in the top two bones of the neck can affect the entire body. A misalignment here causes the body and the brain to not communicate properly. This is because the brainstem runs right through this area and a misalignment puts pressure on it. Blood flow to the brain is also hindered, leading to nerve damage and other problems.
We, as upper cervical chiropractors, are trained to find these misalignments and correct them. Once corrected, the brainstem begins sending proper messages again. The body begins to heal. Our patients have reported success in regaining their balance once this problem is fixed. Many have also said vertigo is now a thing of the past for them!
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Johnson Spinal Care and Associates are Apple Valley Upper Cervical Chiropractors trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Our NUCCA Clinic has helped many people find natural relief from post-concussion syndrome in Apple Valley, Minnesota. We are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on our website at http://www.johnsonspinalcare.com